When Herot was put under the darkness of its own devious monster, Beowulf, the bravest warrior of all, came to the rescue. Throughout this poem Beowulf exemplifies his courage and strength by risking his own life to protect the town from evil and to return happiness and joy to the land. With God and his warriors by his side, Beowulf shows that good always triumphs over evil. The strong, brave, and courageous Beowulf could not be trounced, for he had God’s love and good will in his heart. Beowulf and his comrades voyage across the sea, from Geatland, to the Danish shores, in quest of Hrothgar, king of Herot.
Odysseus portrays those three heroic traits throughout his voyage home to Ithaca, which is why he is a hero. Odysseus is highly dedicated to his reputation and ego for the whole of his rocky and treacherous journey. From going up against a cyclops that is five times the size of him, to placing wax upon his crewmates’ ears to mute the singing of the Sirens, Odysseus is brave when he faces his fears and intelligent when he creates lifesaving tools from ship materials. A modern hero can be someone who saves a life or even sacrifices his or her own for someone else. Odysseus can be compared to a modern hero because he risks his own life to protect his crewmates.
Beowulf shows great loyalty to his family honor, his King, and his men, making loyalty a powerful inspiration for him to put others’ needs before his own. “Beowulf shows his loyalty to Hrothgar when he agrees to help him rid the castle of the monster, Grendel, who has been terrorizing the mead hall for the past twelve years, ''For twelve winters, seasons of woe, the lord of the Shieldings suffered under his load of sorrow.'' (http://study.com/academy/lesson/loyalty-in-beowulf.html)”. An excellent example of loyalty in Beowulf is when he is fighting the Dragon, all of his men flee except for one, “None of his comrades came to him, helped him, his brave and noble followers; they ran for their lives, fled deep in a wood. And only one of them remained, stood there, miserable, remembering, as a good man must, what kinship should mean”
Throughout the poem Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney, the main protagonist, Beowulf, embodies the heroism, courage, and cleverness of a great epic hero in his battling against Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon. Similar to profound figures like Odysseus, Hercules, and Aeneas, Beowulf demonstrates characteristics of bravery and virtue during his adventures in liberating Heorot from Grendel and slaying the dragon to protect Geatland. By examining Beowulf’s valor, nobility, and ultimate sacrifice when facing his opponents, one can argue that Beowulf’s character is the quintessential epic hero, embarking on perilous quests for the betterment of mankind. After learning about the terror Heorot was facing from Grendel, Beowulf voyaged with his men to Hrothgar’s kingdom, vowing to face Grendel and allowing God to decide who will be victorious in battle. In talking to Hrothgar, Beowulf boasted of his “...awesome strength,” and time when he “...battled and bound five beasts, raided a troll-nest and in the night-sea slaughtered sea-brutes” (418-422).
Although he died in battle, Beowulf’s leadership, bravery, and sense of morality made him an epic hero among men. Beowulf was a great leader and he was well respected by his warriors and his people. The men that followed Beowulf into Herot were prepared to die for their leader and one did suffer this fate. Janoski proclaimed in her article “Why Beowulf is an Epic Hero”,” Beowulf becomes King of the Geats and is responsible for guiding his kingdom. During his 50-year rule, the kingdom is attacked by a
When Beowulf is fighting the dragon: “The captain of evil discovered himself/ in a handgrip harder than anything/he had ever encountered in any man/on the face of the earth” (Heaney 749-751). With the fight with Grendel’s mother it is described like: “warming to this fight/with Grendel’s mother, gripped her shoulder/and laid about him in a battle frenzy” (Heaney 1537-1539). The fight with the dragon is described as: “the king of Geats/raised his hand and struck hard/at the enameled scales, but scarcely cut through” (Heaney 2575-2577). The approach is when the Geats throw a big feast for Beowulf for defeating Grendel in his honor. But they cannot get too comfortable because they learn there is a new enemy which is the mother.
Sir Lancelot was one of the most strongest most heroic medieval knights in the round table. King Arthur trusted Lancelot because he was known to never lose a fight, joust, or battle. Sir Lancelot was one of the most popular medieval knights in King Arthur’s court, and he was also very popular with the ladies. Lancelot was determined to fight his hardest for his king (King Arthur) and his loyalty and determination helped him to be chosen for a spot at the round table. Sir Lancelot , one of the most well known medieval knights fought for his; romance with Guinevere, his sword the Arondignt, and pushed for his quest of the Holy Grail.
Back to the story of the Cyclopes, Odysseus himself pushes the ship from the shore back to the sea, “A giant wave that washed the ship stern foremost back to shore. I got the longest boathook out and stood fending us off.” (9.398-401) Odysseus got a boat back to shore with all of the men in it, showing his physical strength, but what about his mental strength? Throughout the entire adventure, Odysseus’ mental ability has challenged him, but he has always had a strong love for his wife. “Day after day mu longing quickens, and my company give me no peace, but wear my heart away,” (10.195-197) telling Circe that he needs to go home, back to Persephone. Then both his mental and physical strength challenge him when Circe tells Odysseus he must go to the underworld to get home.
Beowulf demonstrates these qualities many times throughout the poem proving that he is a true hero. Beowulf never shrinks from a fight, even when his weapons fail him during battle. When he fights Grendel’s mother his sword breaks as he strikes her, and he begins to fight her without weapons for
The poem say, “The iron blade with its ill-bolding patterns had been tempered in blood. It had never failed the hand of anyone who hefted it in battle, anyone who had fought and faced the worst in the gap of danger. This was not the first time it had been called to perform heroic feats.” (Heaney 1459-1464) This statement shows that Beowulf wants to use his legendary sword to fight and face with the best monster ever in life. It is a great time that Beowulf has faced with the big women monster in the battle during his young age as a courageous hero by cutting her head and grip the neck of Grendel’s mother. Moreover, Grendel’s mother also has brought to her life with a new insight with the roles of women figures, and her family in Beowulf’s poem.
Odysseus is an epic hero because he was a great warrior, came from a noble birth and was capable of great strength and courage. Odysseus proved that he was a great warrior when he stood up to the goddess of witchcraft. Odysseus proved that he came from a noble birth when he was a prince of Ithaca and became the king. Odysseus proved that he was an epic hero because capable of deeds of great strength and courage when Odysseus and his executed his plan to escape the Cyclops. Odysseus explains that he has been tested by the gods multiple times and has overcome